Bethlehem - Free State Stars soccer player Richard Henyekane, whose memorial service will take place in Bethlehem in the Free State on Thursday, was a humble man who was well respected in his community, a childhood friend said.
Daddy Matlhko, who knew Henyekane since they were children, said the family were deeply saddened by his death.
"We actually are just devastated, especially since about four months ago we buried his younger brother Joseph. We are still coming to terms with the passing of his younger brother," Matlhko said.
"Richard was a very well known guy and I expect there will be a lot of people at the memorial service. He assisted everyone around him and he was very much well respected in the community."
When Matlhko thought of Henyekane, what came to mind was a humble man who respected those around him.
"Richard was a humble, humble person. He never let fame and whatever go to his head and I'm saying he could associate with anyone," he said.
"He was that kind of person, very respectful towards elders, and towards the younger as well."
He said Henyekane's family was very appreciative of the well-wishes and the support they have received from the public in these trying times.
The Premier Soccer League (PSL) will also observe a moment of silence in respect of the late former Bafana Bafana and Free State Stars striker.
This will apply to all this week’s Absa Premiership, National First Division (NFD) and Nedbank Cup quarter-final fixtures.
Henyekane, 31, who played for Golden Arrows, Mamelodi Sundowns and Free State Stars, died on Tuesday morning in a car accident.
His brother, Joseph, 30, died unexpectedly in his Kimberley home in December last year. The cause of death was not known, according to an SABC radio news report.